Current GIHHR Programs

Online Education for Displaced Students (OEDS)

Intensive English Learning Program (IELP)

Online Higher Medical Education Program for Displaced Syrian Students.

In the News

BBC: Aislados, a escondidas y entre escombros: así estudian medicina los jóvenes de Siria acorralados por la guerra

NPR: They Dreamed of Being Doctors. Now They Help Syrians With The Same Dream.

Times Union: UAlbany online science courses for refugee Syria medical students

About the Online Education for Displaced Students

Around the world, millions of people are displaced from their homes due to conflict, persecution, and other disasters. Of these millions, hundreds of thousands are displaced from colleges and universities, and are hindered in their pursuit of higher education. During displacement, these students face physical, language, and financial barriers to the access of higher education. In addition to these barriers, limited higher education programs exist specifically for displaced students.        

Currently, one of the largest groups of disadvantaged and displaced students originates from the conflict in Syria. Of the 11 million citizens who have been both internally and externally displaced, approximately 200,000 are Syrian students who qualify for higher education, according to the World Bank and Institute of International Education.

In order to help some of these students, the GIHHR has adapted, and began delivery of a fully online higher education program for Syrian students in the field of medical and health sciences who are displaced both within Syria and in border countries. These online courses are offered free of charge.         

The program was launched in June of 2016, and currently, over 500 students are engaged in academic courses and Intensive English Language Program (IELP). These medical students are currently engaged in health science courses, which are delivered in students’ native language of Arabic. Through Aleppo University, students can take a placement exam for the IELP, and those who place at the intermediate level and higher take courses taught by instructors at the GIHHR. There are over 60 students who are currently taking courses.
Because of these courses, Syrian students are able to continue their education and further their career as future physicians. The Online Education for Displaced Students (OEDS) is able to teach students unhindered by the barrier of language they face. The IELP helps teach its students English so that they are able to receive their education elsewhere, unhindered by the language barrier. For example, if a displaced Syrian wants to receive their medical degree in Europe, it will be far easier to find courses taught in English that those in Arabic. These two programs work to help medical students who will then be equipped with the tools and knowledge to help their country recover from so many devastating years of war.

What we are asking for now is your help. We want to expand this program to reach even more than we currently are. We need faculty who are willing to teach a range of courses and we also need students who are willing to be TAs. If you are interested please take the survey below and we will be in contact with you as soon as possible. There are two versions of the survey one is for those looking to work with us in a faculty capacity (i.e. writing curriculum, recording lectures and creating lesson plans) and the other is for students looking to assist with the program for either academic credit or as a volunteer. You do not need any knowledge of Arabic to become an instructor, you just need to be committed and have a drive to help create a positive change.